(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have
kicked into high gear their support towards Haiti in
the aftermath of the powerful earthquake which hit
the French Speaking CARICOM country on Tuesday
January 12, 2010.
Member States have offered support to rescue and
recovery missions in Haiti in the form of military
assistance, search and rescue teams, medical
personnel, artisans and aircrafts.
Up to Friday January 15, 2010, the Caribbean
Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the
agency co-coordinating the regional response, was
still collating and processing pledged assistance
from around the region.
While preliminary discussions for accessing the
Caribbean Development Bank’s Emergency Grant of
US$200,000 were underway, several CARICOM countries
and agencies have already pledged the following
• The Government of Belize has offered
assistance in the form of clothing, food and
• The Government of Barbados has established
a mechanism for the coordination of national
relief efforts and has identified military
personnel to support the Community’s response.
• The Republic of Guyana has pledged a US$1
Million dollar donation to the Haiti
humanitarian relief efforts.
• The Government of Saint Lucia, Belize,
Trinidad and Tobago and University of the West
Indies Jamaica have all pledged aid in the form
of services for the affected state.
• Grenada is reaching out to the Grenada
Diaspora for donations of water and
transportation of such to Haiti. The Grenada
Broadcasting Television has also scheduled a
telethon for Monday 18th January 2010.
• The Government of the Virgin Islands is
offering to deploy a Search and Rescue team.
• A Jamaica Defence Force vessel with
technical, medical and military personnel and
relief supplies was deployed to Haiti on January
• The Government of Bermuda has placed the
use of a twelve seater aircraft at the
CDEMA has identified four priority areas for
immediate assistance: emergency aid; shelter; search
and rescue; and communication.
Search and Rescue Teams are on standby to proceed
to Haiti as required and CDEMA has also been
liaising with its partners, the CARICOM
Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS),
the Regional Security System (RSS), the CARICOM
Secretariat, CAREC/PAHO and the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) and have put in place an
assessment team due to travel to Haiti on Saturday
in order to provide appropriate guidance for the
immediate needs of the Haitian people.